Edited extracts from draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 18th February 2019.
Neighbourhood Plan update
The Neighbourhood Plan was submitted on 23 January 2019. The SDNPA expect to begin their 6 week consultation period on 22nd February 2019 and then the Independent Examiner will be able to start work in early April. This means that there will not be time to arrange the Referendum before the elections on 2nd May, but it should be possible to do so soon after. All the submitted documents have now been uploaded to the village website and hard copies of the plan will be available to view in the Church and the shop.
Road Safety Issue update
Lower Street near St Richards Cottages– have tried to contact the correct person at Sussex Police. A letter is to be sent to residents to encourage them to park in the parking area at the bottom of Sandy Lane or near the Swan.
School Close/ High Trees Footpath
It was agreed that a working party would be arranged to put down scalpings (4 or 5 bags at £40 per bag) on Friday 5th April and Saturday 6th April 19.
Financial update by the Sports & Social Club
Mike Stanbridge reported on the current financial position of the club. It was agreed that that the reduced licence fee of £450 per quarter will continue until the licence is up for renewal in March 2020.
District/ County reports
District / County Councillor reports
- The budget for 2019/20 has been voted on and approved at full Council
- Work has started on the budget for 20/21. Things are tight and the scrutiny for more and more savings but at the same time still keeping a good service for all residents is taking more and more ingenuity.
- School children that have School dinners are now getting 2.5kg less sugar content in their meals than they were a year ago.
- A new Call Centre for emergency Services will be set up with West Sussex Fire and Rescue joining with Surrey and a combined Centre. This will have no effect on the speed with which emergency calls are handled and until recently we ran the Call Centre from Haywards Heath jointly with East Sussex.
- All of the 6 Primary Schools in my division have had their parking arrangements looked at to try and ease the congestion that occurs twice a day when parents drop and then collect their youngsters.